Australian Football League (AFL) Live Geelong Cats vs Brisbane Lions match will be kick off at Simons Stadium, Geelong,Saturday 30 August 2014 online, 19:40 AEDT and its broadcast on Fox Footy.
The Cats will know by Saturday night whether they can change ladder position depending on whether they win or lose. The Lions, on the other hand, could jump up to 13th if they win and Carlton and the Bulldogs lose.
The Cats will have to replace tall forward Shane Kersten who hurt his hamstring. Josh Walker, Lincoln McCarthy and Mitch Brown are all in line to replace the big man whilst George Horlin-Smith who was a late withdrawal last time could come back in. For the Lions, Ash McGrath will not play with Marco Paparone, Ryan Lester and Matthew Leuenberger all putting their hands up for selection.
The Cats had won seven in a row before succumbing to the might of the Hawks last weekend. They’re 10-1 (5-6 against the line) vs bottom-ten teams this year. Brisbane are fifteenth on the ladder having won three out of their last five games. The Lions are 1-9 (2-8 against the line) vs top-eight sides this year.
The Cats didn’t have it all their own way in round 2 when they travelled to Brisbane. Horlin-Smith, Tom Hawkins, Jimmy Bartel, Travis Varcoe and Jordan Murdoch all kicked two goals each in their 25-point victory, whilst Steve Johnson (absent this time) had 37 touches and ten tackles. For the Lions, Sam Mayes kicked four goals whilst Pearce Hanley did as he pleased to rack up 32 disposals.
The Cats have won 47 of their past 49 games at Simonds Stadium. Geelong is 19-1 (10-10 against the line) at Simonds Stadium since the start of 2012 – they’re 6-0 (4-2 against the line) at the Cattery this year. Geelong have won 12 of the past 14 matches against the Lions; since 2006. Since 2010, the Cats are 6-1 (4-3 against the line) vs Brisbane. The Cats have won seven in a row against the Lions in Geelong. Brisbane is 7-14 (9-12 against the line) away from home in the last two years.
B Mitch Brown, Harry Taylor, Tom Lonergan
HB Andrew Mackie, Jared Rivers, Corey Enright
C Cameron Guthrie, Joel Selwood, James Kelly.
HF Travis Varcoe, Josh Walker, Jordan Murdoch.
F Jimmy Bartel, Tom Hawkins, Mathew Stokes.
Fol Mark Blicavs, Josh Caddy, Mitch Duncan.
I/C George Horlin-Smith, Lincoln McCarthy, Billie Smedts, Jackson Thurlow.
Emg Jed Bews, Darcy Lang, Jackson Sheringham
In Mitch Brown, Josh Walker, George Horlin-Smith, Lincoln McCarthy, Billie Smedts
Out Hamish McIntosh (managed), Shane Kersten (hamstring), Brad Hartman (adductor), Steven Motlop (managed), Allen Christensen (managed).
B Darcy Gardiner, Justin Clarke, Jed Adcock.
HB Zac O’Brien, Joel Patfull, Rohan Bewick.
C Claye Beams, Tom Rockliff, Sam Mayes.
HF James Aish, Josh Green, Dayne Zorko.
F Jordon Bourke, Matthew Leuenberger, Daniel McStay.
Fol Stefan Martin, Pearce Hanley, Jack Crisp.
I/C Daniel Merrett, Lewis Taylor, Jonathan Freeman, Jackson Paine.
Emg Nick Robertson, Ryan Lester, Mitch Golby
In Zac O’Brien, Jordon Bourke, Matthew Leuenberger, Jackson Paine.
Out Matt Maguire (Ankle), Michael Close (Omitted), Ryan Harwood (Foot), Ashley McGrath (retired)
New Jordon Bourke